It’s not always easy to tell when you’re resisting your writing and when you’re in the throes of the creative process. A certain amount of what looks like procrastination (one of the more popular forms of resistance) is actually incubation, which is a normal part of the creative process.
There are times when you’ve done all the research to cultivate an idea, but you just can’t seem to get all the pieces to fit together. Every writer I know gets frustrated when we just can’t seem to make the writing work, but this is exactly the challenge that makes the ‘a-ha’ moment so satisfying. The incubation we do at these times is what makes it possible to reach that ‘a-ha’ moment.
The tricky bit is figuring out what part of not-writing is normal and what’s resistance. You can’t go by how it feels since you could be uncomfortable in either scenario. And some forms of resistance are sneaky enough that you might think you’re just incubating until weeks have gone by and you realize you can’t even remember what it was you were supposedly incubating.
How do you distinguish between normal incubation and actual resistance? My next post will provide some of my observations; please send comments about how you know when you’re in the throes of the creative process and when you’re resisting your writing!